Shanghai suspend karaoke bars to contain Covid infection rate

7 July 2022
Authorities in east China's Shanghai have ordered the suspension of karaoke bars as the city tries to contain recent cases of COVID-19 at one such entertainment outlet, Jin Lei, the deputy director of the Shanghai culture and tourism bureau, told a press conference on Wednesday.
However, other recently reopened public and cultural venues, such as libraries, can stay open, the official said, adding Shanghai will provide subsidies to lower the burden on companies.
The city reported two confirmed COVID-19 cases outside closed-off areas between midnight and 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
People are eager to go to entertainment places and those places are eager to reopen, said Jin. But such venues are usually indoors, and the quality of management varies, leading to risks of reintroducing coronaviruses.